The Mill @ Lewinshope

Scottish Borders
+44 (0)1750 76266 / +44 (0)7732 653861
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A well-converted old mill with a private garden on a large Borders estate surrounded by fields, woods and much wildlife, near Selkirk


8 beds


4 bedrooms


Sleeps 8

Children welcome
Pets welcome
Babies welcome

The Experience

There’s a ski chalet feel to this gorgeous, light-filled and beamed space with high ceilings and underfloor heating: leave your outdoor kit in the handy boot room after a day out walking, cycling or simply exploring this very rural backwater – you could walk all day and not come across another soul. The sitting room has plenty of squashy seating, an open fire and interesting books so you’ll feel serene in here, even if the weather isn’t.

Children will gravitate to the see-saw by the gravelled outdoor eating area or head for swings and lots of den-making in the woods; you can unwind and light the barbecue and firepit, perhaps with an evening drink, knowing they are quite safe with no roads around. You’ll find basics for cooking in the fabulous, sociable kitchen (Lulu was a cook) plus a home-baked lemon drizzle cake, homemade jam and fresh herbs from the garden.

Selkirk is a ten-minute drive for stocking up.

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We think you'll love

  • Holidaying here even if you're not very mobile - there are ramps over steps and a downstairs bedroom and bathroom
  • Exploring the glorious Borders and discovering its blood-thirsty history
  • Letting your children charge about outside quite safely on their own
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You should know

  • No hens or stags please
  • Low-slung precious cars may not appreciate the drive


  • EV charger
  • Self check-in
  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Fire guard
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 4pm Monday-Friday
Check out
By 10am Monday-Friday, By 8am
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights. 7 nights in high season.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
This property is part of a working farm or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property


Nightly price
from £138
Weekly price
from £935
Damage deposit
2 pull-out beds available, £50 per person.
1 Cottage for 8
From £1388 beds4 bedrooms


What stunning countryside! You could easily spend weeks exploring this history-rich area, returning each evening to such a lovely, open and light-filled space. Lulu and Johnny have put much thought into making your stay here a happy one.

Nicola, Sawday's Inspector

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The neighbourhood

Enjoy two-hour circular walks or cycles through the Buccleuch Estate and also Black Andrew Wood. Selkirk is where Sir Walter Scott was Sheriff and here you'll find a post office, butcher, bakery and also the special Selkirk Bannock - a fruit cake. Melrose is a 20-minute drive for good restaurants and you can catch the train to Edinburgh from Tweed Bank Station. North Berwick has a good beach.

Local points of interest from Lulu Watson

  • We can organise cookery demonstrations, a cook, beauty treatments, tennis lessons, art lessons, riding and more.
  • Relax in front of your log fire or go for energetic walks from The Mill over the beautiful Yarrow Valley.
  • 10 mins away to Selkirk and 20 mins away from Melrose with restaurants / bars and historical places to visit.
  • Glentress the world famous down hill mountain biking centre is 40 minutes away. Wash down facility for bikes and lock up area.
  • Wildlife amazing, owls, bats, heron etc and lots of garden birds to feed on the bird feeder and watch.


Lulu Watson

Lulu was a cook in London, and a tennis coach - there's a court here you can play on. Johnny is a tree surgeon and creator of many beautiful things out of wood - there's a little shop and you can buy his lovely bread boards among other things - a reminder of your holiday. They both love the Borders, where Johnny grew up, and are generous in sharing their space with guests.